A tabby cat sitting thoroughly atop a multi-hue colourwork sweater, sprawled across it and interfering with future progress

It’s All Sweaters from Here on Down

The sweater begun in December was completed in January! Cherrystone by Katya Frankel was a joy to knit. I’m tempted to knit another one, especially considering that I’ve been wearing the finished sweater quite a bit in the first quarter of this year.

What came after that? Well, I finished up a crocheted blanket that I’d been working on for quite a while, winding up with leftovers for… another sweater! This one involved some lovely colourwork, very easy to adapt to all the leftovers that I found myself with. Sinikka by Isabella H. is a nice child size, too—bigger than “toddler” but still a fairly quick project. It made excellent steeking practice, too! (I used these instructions for guidance.)

After a brief interlude, now we’re back to sweaters again. In 2015 I bought a kit from Universal Yarn for their All Colors Sweater. I saw it in the fashion show at Vogue Knitting Live! and thought it looked beautiful and like a challenge. I enjoy both of these things. (Although clearly not enough to start the project at a reasonable time!)

I began in June of 2016, and then ignored it until early 2017. After a few weeks in spring of 2017, including having to rip out the project when I went to divide for the sleeves and discovered my counts were very wrong, I gave up again until driven back to it by extreme shame in February 2019. This time, I’m not allowed to give up. I have to finish it or be slain in the process. XD

A tabby cat sitting thoroughly atop a multi-hue colourwork sweater, sprawled across it and interfering with future progress

“I claim this sweater for cat!”

To be honest, I’m finding it an ✨enjoyable✨ knit, but unfortunately also a tedious one. Hilariously, my cat seems to love it more than I do. Anytime I avert my eyes for a moment, she makes an attempt to claim it!

I finished the sleeves and I’m finally ready to… steek it. I’m prepared. I can do this. It’s the moment of truth! ✂

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A cake of yarn, with shades of tan, gray, white, and pink, inside of a pastel crocheted bag, with the beginning of twisted ribbing around it

Another Day (…Year?), Another Sweater

A cake of yarn, with shades of tan, gray, white, and pink, inside of a pastel crocheted bag, with the beginning of twisted ribbing around it The cold weather is finally here, despite weeks of teasing. ❄

In early August, Michaels ensnared me with a very good price on their Caron Baby Cakes. Based on what I paid I thought this yarn was being discontinued, but the Caron Cakes varieties seem to move in and out of discontinued status on a whim. I picked up the “Dreamy Rose” rolls because I adore pink and gray, and these have both. (As well as some cream and white tones.) I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to make with them. I’ve used the Cakes for scarves and shawls, even a sweater. (I particularly like it for crochet with interesting stitches, such as the Lost in Time shawl by Johanna Lindahl; it gives the look of having changed colours for different sections without doing the actual work or having ends to weave in!)

I’ve been finding myself down Amazon rabbit-holes, looking at sweaters and not really caring for any of them, so I finally wrapped up a few projects (some socks I started in April…), pulled this out of my stash, and set about looking for a pattern! After considering several options, I settled on Cherrystone by Katya Frankel. The heart-shaped cabling is so cute! ♥  I’m planning to do two-row stripes with two cakes, offset slightly, after the ribbing. If it doesn’t work, I’ll unravel and try again, but I usually like two-row stripes.

Hopefully I don’t delay too long on it; I could really use another sweater, particularly one more that’s cozy and made by me! I’m not knitting Christmas presents this year, so hopefully I won’t find too many distractions. It’s the perfect season for a knitting project and a cup of tea! ☃